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Mo Farah opens final track season with 3:34.19 1500mMay 19, 2017
Four-time Olympic champion places runner-up to Matt Centrowitz in Los Angeles, while Laura Weightman wins on her 5000m debut
Mo Farah kicked off his farewell track season with a 3:34.19 1500m at the USATF Distance Classic in Los Angeles on Thursday.
The five-time world gold medallist, who retained his 5000m and 10,000m Olympic titles in Rio last summer, intends to focus on road racing after this summer’s IAAF World Championships in London. He has recently been announced as part of a top 5000m field for the Prefontaine Classic on May 27.
Farah’s time in Los Angeles, which was his fifth quickest for the distance and fastest ever outside of Monaco, saw him finish runner-up to Olympic champion Matt Centrowitz, who clocked 3:33.41.
Farah’s fellow Briton Chris O’Hare ran a half-second PB of 3:34.35 for third.
Two-time Olympic 1500m finalist Laura Weightman won the 5000m on her track debut at the distance, clocking 15:08.24 to put her 14th on the UK all-time rankings.
Adelle Tracey ran 2:00.35 for second in the 800m behind winner Brenda Martinez’s 1:58.78. Lynsey Sharp did not finish. In the men’s 800m, Kyle Langford clocked 1:46.77 for second, one place ahead of Andrew Osagie, who ran 1:46.93 as he continues his return after injury.
Among those to achieve qualifying standards for the IAAF World Championships in London was Rob Mullett with 8:30.06 for third in the 3000m steeplechase.
Shadrack Kipchirchir won the men’s 5000m in 13:23.74.
Results can be found here.